North Texas Insider Alumni newsletter

Dr. Norval Pohl Dear Alum,

I owe you a huge "thank you" for responding to UNT's strategic planning survey. I received excellent feedback from 115 alumni. I am excited that you continue to participate in the university's activities, especially helping us shape our future. If you didn't have a chance to participate in the survey last month and still would like to give me your thoughts, please do so. I'll provide a summary of feedback later in the fall.

As you've been reading in our publications, one of our recently accomplished goals was to give birth to the UNT Dallas Campus, which is an extension of the Denton campus. But not for much longer. The Dallas Campus is well on its way to adulthood — becoming UNT at Dallas, a free-standing, degree-granting institution that will be the first four-year, public university in the city of Dallas. The UNT System just announced its selection of Herndon, Stauch & Associates of Austin as the project management team that will oversee the planning of the 264-acre UNT at Dallas campus. The team's management of activities will lead to the construction of the first building. We’re eager to launch the new university, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted on the progress of its development.  

Until next time,



June 2004


Lord of the ring

Twice as nice

Teaching with technology

TAMS students’

Astronomical rarity 

UNT cool link of the month:
U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

Where is the original UNT spirit bell located?


Rings and things
I look at his finger in awe, and football players look at his finger with envy. There’s nothing special about Walt Parker’s finger. It’s more about the gargantuan, gold-encrusted Super Bowl III ring that adorns it. Parker, UNT special assistant to the chancellor and former vice chancellor for governmental affairs, was one of 18 former officials recently honored by the NFL for their service in the first 15 Super Bowls. Click on the link below to read about Parker’s experience as an official.

WILD winners
You may remember how applying for internships can be a lot like applying for college or a full-time career position. Well, two UNT students have won internship positions on the Wild 100.3 Fitz in the Morning Dallas radio show in a competition similar to that of Donald Trump’s reality show The Apprentice. Contestants had to use their creativity to complete challenges and promote the radio station. Read more about the two UNT students that won.

Technology conference
Do your children or grandchildren complain of heavy book bags? Participants at an upcoming UNT workshop will learn about the possibility of using technology to teach the next generation of students without the backache. Click on the link below to read about how UNT professors are working to make textbooks a thing of the past.

High school humanitarians
During the 2003 school year, students in UNT’s Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science program spent time volunteering at schools for the academy’s new community service initiative. From creating tutoring programs for elementary school students to teaching guitar to fifth-graders, TAMS students quickly learned the importance of giving back to the community.

Celestial seekers
Recently two UNT scientists armed with telescopes and photographic devices traveled to Mississippi in hot pursuit of the "transit of Venus," a celestial event occurring in 8-year pairs every 100 years. During the event, Venus crosses the face of the sun between the sun and the Earth. The astronomers snapped more than 200 photographs for a future show in the UNT planetarium. Until the new show is ready, click here to learn about other "neat astronomy stuff."

Cool link: Kay Bailey Hutchison speaks at spring commencement
When it’s time to don those caps and gowns, the last thing students want to do is listen to yet another lecture. However, graduates couldn’t help but listen when U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, one of our nation's voices on foreign policy and education, spoke at the spring commencement in May. To watch video of the Spring 2004 Commencement speech, click on the link below.

UNT Trivia

UNTrivia: After finding a crack in the original spirit bell, the Talons dedicated it to UNT. Where is the spirit bell located?

a. University Union
b. Hurley Administration Building
c. Eagle Student Services Center


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Alumni awards
This year, UNT and its academic departments awarded special recognition to more than 60 alums. To view a list of the recipients, visit for university awardees and for departmental awardees. For more information about the North Texas Exes, please visit

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